Sunnyside Writer Accused Of Killing Pet
Cops arrested a TV screenwriter at his Sunnyside apartment on June 16 after he allegedly took out his rage on his pet poodle, punching the pooch in the face so hard that it died of brain injuries, authorities said.
Police said Ted Shuttleworth, 51, wrote briefly for the TV show, NYPD Blue, worked briefly for Steven Spielberg and currently reads scripts for $300 apiece.
Police sources said Shuttleworth fatally beat Lola on May 29 when he became angered with the four pound pup.
Sources said the 240-pound Shuttleworth took the five-year-old dog to a veterinarian who became suspicious of her fatal injuries and alerted the ASPCA, which claimed Lola’s remains for a necropsy.
“Lola suffered a traumatic brain injury secondary to the application of blunt force to the right side of her head at the hands of the suspect, her owner,” an ASPCA spokesperson said.
Shuttleworth, who also works as an administrative assistant at New York University, was charged with killing the pup. He faces up to a year in prison, if convicted.